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Prayer Letter
August 2020

Hello,

I know most of us have heard of Christmas in July, but this year I found myself thinking more about Thanksgiving.

Due to the Coronavirus, and our inability to schedule deputation meetings over the past few months, we've been down at Missionary Acres. As we've been volunteering down here, we've been able to help remodel a home, introduce the kids to the residents, and more. And it has been a huge blessing to us.

We were very disappointed that many of our meetings got cancelled or rescheduled this year. As the virus first hit in the United States and we had to stay home, we took the opportunity to work on some projects around the home. We cut firewood for the coming winter, and made some modifications to our travel trailer. However as time marched on, we were concerned that the entire summer would be over before we were able to do anything for deputation.

But as we have mentioned before, God is never surprised by the challenges that we face. And if we trust Him, God promises in Romans 8:28 "...that all things work together for good..." And we have seen this time and time again in our lives.

The Lord has blessed Lisa and I a lot over the years. Yet, we have rarely taken the direct route when traveling to a destination. It is fitting in a way, that deputation would have some of the roadblocks in it that it has. I suspect that there will be more twists and turns in the future as well.

As I was thinking about this very thought, I ran across an interesting passage in my Bible: 

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Deputation has taught us to pray with our ceasing. We depend on God providing for us, month after month -- and sometimes week after week or day after day-- as we travel. But God always provides for us, right when we need Him to.

But, I wonder if we always do a good job of saying thanks?

So, I want to say thank you now. This summer has presented a lot of challenges for our family, and yet through it all, you all have been praying for us. Thank you.

We saw some large one-time donations to our ministry this year. As a result, we were able to buy a travel trailer. We also were able to come to Missionary Acres and volunteer for about three months.

Thank you everyone who has given to our ministry and allowed us to serve.

Our support level has gone up for the past two months. In a time when deputation meetings were cancelled and some churches are struggling to meet consistently, people still choose to commit to long term financial support for our ministry. Praise God and thank you!

We are gearing up for a busy fall on the road. God has allowed us to schedule a meeting at a missions conference at the end of August, and four churches in September. We are very thankful to be getting on the road full time again.

We know we have a lot of roads ahead of us, and there will be challenges all along the way. But we will continue to rejoice in the Lord, pray continually, and to give thanks for provisions God provides. 

In Christ,

Bryan & Lisa Tanner & Family

Praises!
  • We've been able to volunteer at Missionary Acres these past few months
  • We had 2 more successful meetings in the past month and 8 more churches/meetings scheduled for 2020.
  • Our current committed support level has increased, and is up to about 20%. 
  • Owen's has been leaving his g-tube alone
  • Lisa's business hasn't yet lost any clients during this pandemic, and continues to provide the income we need so Bryan can focus on contacting churches and preparing sermons. 
  • We have been able to stay productive during this downtime.
Prayer Requests
  • That our family would grow closer to God and continue to grow spiritually during deputation.
  • For salvation for our kids who are not yet saved.
  • That the residents and staff currently at Missionary Acres would continue to stay healthy -- Praise God, none have goten COVID-19.
  • To continue to connect with Pastors and fill our schedule for 2020. We are praying for 25+ good meetings (18 have been completed or scheduled so far).
  • That God would raise our support level to 50% or more this year.  YES, we still believe that God can accomplish this, in spite of COVID-19.
  • For continued safety on the road, we have many miles to drive in the coming months.
  • For continued health for our family. Our daughter, Brynna, has surgery scheduled for September 10th to get her tonsils and adenoids removed.
  • Pray for wisdom for our oldest daughter as she seeks God's direction for her life after high school.
The Latest from the Blog

About once a month we publish a new blog post. This offers a behind the scenes peek at our journey to become missionaries. Here is our latest blog post: 

Homeschooling on Deputation

Homeschooling is a great option for teaching your kids on deputation. But, it can be a challenge. Here are seven tips to help it go more smoothy. 

Read the Post
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We know that not everyone is in a place to give financially. If that is you, but you still want to help, we ask for your prayers. Please pray for us every time the Lord brings us to your mind. We know that your prayers are equally, if not more important, in our success in this ministry. We praise God for your continued support in prayer.

To learn more about our ministry we have uploaded a video presentation to our website: https://tanners2ma.com/virtual-deputation/. We would be honored if you could share this video with others who may be interested in learning more about our ministry. 

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PO Box 353, Valley, WA 99181
www.Tanners2MA.com

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